Best Known For:
The town is known as "The Village by the Sea" because of it's location by Puget Sound. The town's signature characteristics include: bustling center of local commerce, strong seasonal economic impact from visitors, deep pool of resident artists and performers, artisans in nearly every medium, farmers, community involvement in local government, festivals, home of the county fair, beaches, forests, pocket parks, a 250-seat performing arts center that presents local as well as world-class entertainment, a small marina, and the oldest cemetery on Whidbey Island.
Year Established: 1913
What are the most surprising facts about Langley?
- Langley was selected as one of the Perfect Weekend Getaways - Sunset Magazine/ Aug 2015
- One of the Best Romantic Weekend Destinations on the West Coast - VacationIdea / June 2015
- Langley was named for a Seattle judge and the partner of Jacob Anthes, who first settled the town.
- The City was governed for a time in 1919 by an enthusiastic all-women council (the nation's first).
- Only 1 hour plus a ferry ride from the urban Seattle area, Langley has kept its small town charm with world class accommodations and dining.
Learn more about Langley!
Does your community have any famous residents?
Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell found Langley to be his favorite NW get-away and retired here. He built the Inn at Langley and the Boatyard Inn both offering beautiful views of Puget Sound and five star accommodations.
What are the biggest annual events in Langley?
The Island Shakespeare Festival offers performances under the big top tent for free July through September, and draws performers from all over the Northwest.
Django Fest NW - a premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz Music in North America - is held every September and draws visitors and musicians from around the world.
Sea Float Scramble in January offers an opportunity to find a hand blown glass sea float made by a local artist at Seawall Park.
Mystery Weekend is the longest running event of its kind in the United States, bringing sleuths to town to solve the mystery every February.
What do you want visitors to discover about your community?
Every spring several Gray Whales visit the waters near Langley for several weeks during their migration from Mexico to Alaska. Whale watching tours are available from March through May from the Langley Marina.
The town offers a relaxed, small town atmosphere, beautiful beaches, lush forests, performing arts center, public art, lush gardens throughout town and premier shopping and dining.
What initiatives is Langley currently working on?
The Frick Lane History Walk was completed this spring, enhancing the lane and offering plaques with photos and history of historic Langley.
How many family-friendly activities are offered in your community?
The annual PAWZ by the Sea run/walk is held on Memorial Day offering a kid’s fun run and a chance to run with your two or four-legged friends. The Whidbey Children’s Theater offers year-round performance opportunities for kids age 5 to teens.
Where would you take someone on a first date in Langley?
You have to go to dinner at Prima Bistro for "French inspired Northwest eats" or Café Langley for a taste of Mediterranean cuisine. Then it's on to the historic Clyde Theatre for a movie after a walk along Seawall Park.